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I’ve been running these headline updates largely for stories I didn’t get time to follow up. But I’ve had a couple of emails suggesting I do them every day.
[OT] Villagers lose Battle of Fjuckby – The Local
The hapless inhabitants of Fjuckby have lost the last chance they had of changing the name of their village to something less suggestive of sexual intercourse. On Thursday, the National Land Survey of Sweden – the government agency responsible for the handling of place names – announced that it was following the recommendation of the Institute of Language and Folklore to preserve the name Fjuckby. A delegation of residents applied in December of last year to have the old name Fjukeby reinstated, a variant in common usage until the 1930s.
Newspapers Hope for Online Growth in ’08 – Associated Press
Newspaper publishers, entering 2008 with some of the worst economic conditions in many years, said Wednesday they hope to bring even more readers â and ad spending â to their Web sites with expanded offerings of news, advertising and video. The newspaper industry has been struggling as a dismal housing market weighs heavily on real estate and other types of print advertising. As Donald Graham, CEO of The Washington Post Co., put it: “2007 was not a good year for anybody in the newspaper business.”
Toyota’s new robot can play the violin, help the aged – Agency France-Presse
Toyota Motor on Thursday unveiled a robot that can play the violin as part of its efforts to develop futuristic machines capable of assisting humans in Japan’s greying society. The 1.5-metre-tall (five-foot), two-legged robot wowed onlookers with a faultless rendition of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance. With 17 joints in its hands and arms, the robot has human-like dexterity that could be applied to helping people in the home or in nursing and medical care, the carmaker said.
eBay claims CBC hijacking story is false – Digital Home
eBay claims CBC hijacking story is false On Tuesday, Digital Home Canada publisher wrote in Digital Thoughts about a CBC story that described how a Calgary man had lost $20,000 in a hijacked eBay transaction and chastised the company for its refusal to co-operate with the RCMP or to offer any type of restitution to the buyer. Yesterday, eBay Canada contacted Digital Home to inform us that the CBC story was inaccurate and that the Calgary man had not lost his $20,000 through eBay.
The original CBC story claimed that a Calgary man, Shaqir Duraj, had lost over $20,000 in a fraudulent eBay transaction through a tactic know as hijacking. The article went on to say that eBay was refusing to co-operate with the RCMP and that eBay did not respond to “to several phone calls and an e-mail from CBC News.”
A North Carolina man last week was sentenced to 110 years in prison after admitting that he and a co-conspirator hacked into computers used by young girls and used illicitly gained data to blackmail them. Ivory D. Dickerson, 33, a civil engineer, admitted that he conspired with the other person to send emails or instant messages to underage girls as part of a scheme to trick them into opening a file containing the Bifrost trojan horse. The malware would give Dickerson and his co-conspirator control over the victim’s computer, and they tried to use hacked information to coerce the girls into creating and then electronically sending them lurid photos of themselves, prosecutors said.
JetBlue, Yahoo Inc and Research in Motion plan to offer free, in-flight, Wi-Fi web connections for laptop computers and advanced cell phones, Rim said on Thursday. The service will allow passengers to access customized Yahoo mail and Yahoo instant messenger services on their laptops or to access corporate e-mails on Wi-Fi enabled versions of the popular Blackberry device from Rim.
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